During an interview with Sam Roberts on his wrestling podcast, Seth Rollins was asked why The Curbstomp was banned as his signature finishing move.
Rollins explained that an appearance on The Today Show is what made WWE owner Vince McMahon ban the move, which of course forced him to look for a new one.
"No more blonde and The Curb Stomp is gone, guys. It's not my fault. Trust me. It's not like I was [saying], 'oh yes, I want a new finisher.' No, they snatched it from me. They took it from me. No, so this is what happened, okay? After WrestleMania, I had won the [WWE] title, and I flew across the country to do the Today Show. For the Today Show, they put together a package of all of Seth Rollins' awesome maneuvers. At the time, my finish was The Curbstomp," said Rollins on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, via Wrestling Inc.
"So Vince McMahon is sitting wherever Vince McMahon sits on a Monday morning and he's seeing me on the Today Show and I look good in a suit. I'm representing the company. I look good in a suit. And I'm wearing the title and then he sees this package of me stomping another man's head into the ground and it being called The Curbstomp on national television. And he thought to himself, 'well, that's not a good representation of what I want my top guy to do,' so he just had a meeting with some of his people, and they decided, 'well, we don't need it - we can figure out another finish for you' and the rest is history. I get it. I hate it. I think it's silly, but it is what it is and it's not my company. I'm doing the best I can with it."
"I get it from a marketing standpoint. I totally understand it. I hate it because it was such a great finish. It was easy and could do it to everybody, but, hey, so it's my cool knee now, so let's start liking that."
It sounds like McMahon didn't like the PR aspect of the move and he didn't like the way the move represented the WWE. I can't blame him. A real "curb stomp" is a very brutal move and is simply ruthless, so we can see why McMahon took it out of Rollins' arsenal. Now he uses the Ripcord Knee as his finisher.
Here's a video of Rollins' final Curb stomp of his career.
Rollins also talked about why his intro music ended up changing. He said that McMahon wasn't crazy about the long pause in the song.
"I heard it before the show two or three weeks ago the first time it debuted, yeah. It was a weird thing where I got to Raw that day, [Rollins is told] 'we need to do something with your music.' 'What do you mean? I've been using the same song for like three years. Well, what's the problem?' 'Vince doesn't like that pause.' He has been hearing the same music for three years! What are we talking about? So they played five different entrances and three of them were just soundbytes, like, [imitates artificial sound effects and guitar riff from entrance song]. And one of them said, 'Kingslayer' and it was very seductive almost, like, [whispers 'Kingslayer'], so, like, the 'burn it down' was the best option available, so I was like, 'okay, do it.' But it actually worked out well and last week, they put the fire in my entrance video, so I was like, 'alright, whatever.'"
It is funny how McMahon waited three years to have Rollins change his song. If that pause bothered him so much, you would think he would have have had him change it a long time ago. McMahon probably tried to get used to it and just couldn't take it anymore.
The31-year-old Rollins started his wrestling career on the independent circuit from 2005-2009. He kicked things off with Scott County Wrestling where he ended up winning the SCW Heavyweight Championship. Rollins also worked with Ian Rotten's Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (IWA), NWA Wrestling, Total Nonstop Action and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.
On Aug. 8, 2010, Rollins signed a developmental contract with the WWE and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). Rollins made his NXT debut once the WWE decided to rebrand the FCW. Like Roman Reigns, in 2012, Rollins made his main roster debut at Survivor Series as he teamed up with Reigns and Dean Ambrose in order to form The Shield.
One of the highlights of Rollins' career has to be when he won the WWE Heavyweight Championship in 2015, cashing in his money in the bank contract in the main event of WrestleMania. Rollins also became the first and only wrestler to ever hold both the heavyweight title as well as the United States Championship after defeating John Cena at SummerSlam.